Heather has a Bachelor's Degree in English from Moravian College and has been freelance writing for more than 12 years.
Saw a black and white photo of my grandparents
In the early days of their relationship circa World War II
It showed them full of promise and happy about what was ahead
Sure, there were some uncertain times with him going to war
Unsure of if and when they'll see each other again
Universe made sure that happened for multiple decades
Had six children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to their legacy
Okay, their story isn't on the big screen in any way
Should be though; full of twists and turns to make things interesting
Some family humor to keep people in stitches for some levity
Grandpa and his colorful personality that always shone though
Even when he got into some trouble with my grandmother
Such as shooting a hole through the screen door
Trying to get a groundhog that was close by
Sounded like an element of a cartoon, but it was a true story
My grandfather's videographer skills were interesting at best
Showing angles of the floor, ceiling, sides and some parts of the stage
For each and every one of my dance recitals that I was part of
Supportive in every way of my youthful energy
Embraced me when I splashed him in the swimming pool
Made him laugh and gave us a way to connect with each other
My grandmother was also a pretty unique lady as well
More than just a wife and family matriarch
An educated lady who was an avid golfer and card player
Able to defeat the best of players by mere skill and wits
Full of wisdom and blunt honesty that earned her respect
And the occasional bits of ire for sometimes being too blunt
Well respected none the less by everyone
Back to my grandparents' love story: one that ended much too soon
Cancer felled Mike in such a shocking way; hard to fathom at times
Kay by his side the whole time as she chose to be
She followed him 25 years later on her own terms
Celebrated for her cooking, love and ability to make you laugh
Now, they're together playing card games and golfing
With their favorite long departed players
Wonder who was winning this time around up there
Sure, Kay was giving him a run for his money every chance she got
Would love to find a relationship as dynamic and complex as theirs
Not really clear if that's in the cards for me
Haven't given up hope, but a story that Kay and Mike's can't be repeated
Magic wouldn't be the same; plain and simple
Time to find a different script for my story and remember them in my own way.
Patricia Dekin on December 30, 2019:
Couldn't have said it any better! Love it.
BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on December 29, 2019:
It is amazing how one photo can stir up so many memories in our thoughts.
This is a wonderful write.
Thanks for sharing.